Sen. John Cornyn is being considered to head an immigration subcommittee
- Dallas-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Mon, Jan 10, 2005
Committee reshuffle could give Texas key immigration slot
WASHINGTON - Texas Sen. John Cornyn is being considered to head an
immigration subcommittee, which would give Texas a stronger voice in
Cornyn "recognizes the importance of the issue and understands we need
to do something about it," Don Stewart, Cornyn's spokesman, said Monday.
It is unclear when subcommittee assignments will be completed.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is the most recent head of the Judiciary
Committee's subcommittee, but has left the position after being named
chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Cornyn already is chairman of the Constitution subcommittee and likely
would have to give up that job for the immigration panel chairmanship.
The chairmanship is offered to members based on seniority, but others
likely to be interested in the job also head other subcommittees that they may
not want to leave.
Immigration reform is expected to be a top and contentious issue in the
Cornyn sponsored a temporary guest worker bill in 2003 that would have
allowed legal and illegal immigrants to work temporarily in the United
States. Cornyn also pushed the administration to extend from three
days to 30 days the amount of time Mexicans can stay in the United States when
they cross the border for short visits.
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